The nominal sensivity is ISO 800/30°, but a one-stop push to ISO 1600/33° or a two-stop push to ISO 3200/36° are also possible. This film is specifically designed for that: Despite the push process the contrast remains moderate, and the lights keep sufficient detail.
Because with exposure and development at ISO 800/30° the characteristic curve of this film is flattening out in the light zones. With exposure and development at ISO 1600/33° and ISO 3200/36° the characteristic curve gets a more linear shape. With conventional films you often get a too steep characteristic curve with too high contrast by pushing. But the design of T-Max 3200 reduces this problem significantly.
If required by the shooting situation, even an exposure and development of ISO 6400/39° is possible. The loss of shadow and highlight detail is relatively acceptable regarding the very high sensivity.
Besides its excellent flexibility in push processing T-Max 3200 also has comparatively fine grain, high resolution and very good sharpness.
"This film excels when shooting in low light or when capturing fast action,” Kodak Alaris says. “It is ideally suited for handheld street scene photography, night work, and in dimly lit venues where you can’t use flash.”
It is also very good in situations when neither high-speed lenses nor lenses with image stabilisation technology are available.